Ama­zon in ‘ad­vanced talks’ for 2nd head­quar­ters near D.C.

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Nation - By Ken Sweet A S S O C I AT E D P R E S S

NEW YORK — Re­tail gi­ant Ama­zon is in “ad­vanced talks” to open its sec­ond head­quar­ters in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., metropoli­tan area, the Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported Satur­day.

Ama­zon, based in Seat­tle, is ap- par­ently se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing an area known as Crys­tal City. It’s a large res­i­den­tial and of­fice com­plex in Ar­ling­ton, Va., just south of Wash­ing­ton, the Post said, cit­ing uniden­ti­fied sources.

Ama­zon an­nounced last year that it was look­ing to open a sec­ond head­quar­ters some­where in North Amer­ica, bring­ing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs.

Sev­eral state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments threw their hats in the ring, of­fer­ing Ama­zon mil­lions of dol­lars in tax in­cen­tives if it opened the new head­quar­ters in their city.

The Wash­ing­ton metropoli­tan area was long con­sid­ered a top con­tender. Com­pany founder and CEO Jeff Be­zos al­ready had sev­eral con­nec­tions to the Wash­ing­ton area. He’s the owner of the Wash­ing­ton Post, along with a home in the area.

When Ama­zon an­nounced a list of 20 top con­tenders for the head­quar­ters in Jan­uary, the com­pany in­cluded both Wash­ing­ton as well as Mont­gomery Coun- ty, Md., which is just north of the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

Crys­tal City is served by a mass tran­sit sys­tem and ma­jor high­ways, both qual­i­fi­ca­tions that Ama­zon has said is re­quired for its new head­quar­ters.

Though Ama­zon is re­port­edly in “ad­vanced talks,” that does not mean the deal is cer­tain.

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